You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Orgs sue over vidgame laws

Groups contend that law violates First Amendment

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two trade groups representing video game makers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the recently passed California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.

The Video Software Dealers Assn. and Entertainment Software Assn. contend the law is unconstitutional and violates First Amendment free speech rights, according to the suit filed in federal court in San Jose.

The suit names Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the bill earlier this month, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and other local officials.

The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, bans retailers from selling or renting violent video games to those 17 and under, imposes a $1,000 fine on violators and mandates stricter product labeling.

More Scene

  • Beautycon Festival

    Laverne Cox, Paris Hilton Promote Self-Love at Beautycon NYC

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two trade groups representing video game makers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the recently passed California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Video Software Dealers Assn. and Entertainment Software Assn. contend the law is unconstitutional and violates First Amendment free speech […]

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Baby Boy

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two trade groups representing video game makers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the recently passed California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Video Software Dealers Assn. and Entertainment Software Assn. contend the law is unconstitutional and violates First Amendment free speech […]

  • J.K. Rowling on the Future of

    J.K. Rowling on the Future of Harry Potter Stories on Stage

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two trade groups representing video game makers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the recently passed California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Video Software Dealers Assn. and Entertainment Software Assn. contend the law is unconstitutional and violates First Amendment free speech […]

  • Chanel x Tribeca Film Festival Women's

    Chanel's Tribeca Film Fest Luncheon Toasts to Women's Movements in Industry

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two trade groups representing video game makers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the recently passed California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Video Software Dealers Assn. and Entertainment Software Assn. contend the law is unconstitutional and violates First Amendment free speech […]

  • Doug Davis Power of Law

    Doug Davis Discusses Using Music for a Cause at Variety's Power of Law Event

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two trade groups representing video game makers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the recently passed California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Video Software Dealers Assn. and Entertainment Software Assn. contend the law is unconstitutional and violates First Amendment free speech […]

  • 'The Handmaid's Tale'

    'The Handmaid's Tale' Cast, Creator Talk Season 2 in #MeToo Era, Expanding Gilead

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two trade groups representing video game makers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn the recently passed California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Video Software Dealers Assn. and Entertainment Software Assn. contend the law is unconstitutional and violates First Amendment free speech […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content